08.14.08 - 04:22pm
Need some pilates in person, and fast? Whether you’re taking the plunge into pilates as a beginner, or are experienced and have just moved to a new city, or you’re vacationing in a different city and want to drop by the local pilates class - it can be a challenge to find a studio. [...]
07.28.08 - 01:08pm
You know what to wear, you bought your mat, you went to your first few classes and you… are bored?
In my experience with the pilates method, both as a teacher and a student, I have seen and taught students who are so interested in pilates that they want to jump right into the intermediate or [...]
02.25.08 - 04:16am
Whether you’re new to pilates or an old hand at it, I’ve compiled the following documents on the fundamental principles of pilates for learning and review. Newcomers especially - learn the vital importance of the principles; they’re what make pilates unique and uniquely effective:
How to Get Started with Pilates Exercise
Pilates as Smart Exercise - Principles [...]
02.14.08 - 03:24am
While yoga, dance, and other forms of exercise claim a name to certain types of clothing (ex. yoga pants), pilates students are sometimes left in the dark when it comes to finessing their pilates wardrobe. Allow me to help.
First Timer in the Studio?
The critical ideas are comfort for you, and visibility for me (as [...]
12.19.07 - 05:58pm
Pilates videos are in high demand right now - I’ve seen them everywhere from the grocery checkout to fitness specialty stores. Videos are a great way to supplement pilates training on your own as well as an excellent stocking stuffer (or Hanuka, Kwanzaa, or New Year’s gift.) Since most of them claim to [...]
12.19.07 - 05:55pm
This workout in three sections of “Belly, Thighs, and Butt” is too slow for the content in the video. Even too slow for a beginner, as Barret routinely gets us into a pilates position which we hold while she endlessly talks.
Going over the how-to of creating an imprinted pelvis gets her a few brownie [...]
12.19.07 - 05:53pm
The Rapid Results Pilates video is comprised of 5 sections:
Super toned buns and thighs
Arms and shoulder shaper
Total body blast
Slim and sleek stretch
Seeming like an aerobics video performed horizontally on a mat, there was no talk of pilates principles or breathing. A few exercises were too advanced to not include instruction on alignment - [...]
12.19.07 - 05:52pm
Denise Austin’s Hit the Spot Pilates video is divided into 8 different categories:
Abs and Waistline
Pilates Challenge: this is dance/yoga
If as much focus and effort went into her teaching as did her multiple set designs she would have a stellar pilates video. However, I am sad to report that the opposite is true. [...]
12.19.07 - 05:50pm
This 60 minute workout has four parts:
A pilates section
A dance inspired section with weights
The same dance inspired section with the audio swapped for music
AM/PM Yoga inspired rejuvenation
Though this disc has a fun dance section - it should be noted that it is not strictly a pilates video. For this reason I would not recommend [...]
12.19.07 - 05:48pm
Though Hilary Burnett’s pilates video kept me moving at a constant tempo there was too much time spent on breathing and not enough on warm-up. I would have traded some of the breathing for more warm-up, instead of jumping right into the hundred.
And though Burnett’s descriptive visuals were good, she often left out key [...]